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Council News Release

6/1/2009  3:00:00 PM
Tom Van Bronkhorst, Godden Office, (206) 684-8807

Council President Richard Conlin
Councilmember Jean Godden

City Auditor leaving after 11 years of service

SEATTLE - The Council announced today that it will launch a nationwide search for City Auditor to replace Susan Cohen, who has decided not to continue in the position once her term expires in September.

After serving as City Auditor for the past 11 years, Cohen will be leaving her post later this summer to join the U.S. Department of Transportation's Inspector General's Office.

I want to thank Susan for her years of service to the citizens of Seattle, said Council President Richard Conlin. Her efforts, I believe, have resulted in our city operating in a more efficient and cost effective manner. For this we owe her a debt of gratitude.

Oversight of the Auditors office falls under the Finance and Budget Committee. Councilmember Jean Godden, chair of the committee, will lead the search for a replacement. The search will begin immediately.

Susan has done an admirable job of helping the City work as efficiently and accountably as possible, said Godden. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.

Under the City Charter, the council is responsible for appointing the Auditor, who heads the Office of City Auditor, which serves as an independent office within city government. This process will begin with a briefing to Councilmembers on Monday, June 8 at 9:30 a.m. in Council Chambers.

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